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Comment Re:Debt financing (Score 1) 192

I agree with most of your post, but would add :

One of the biggest reasons automtive grade electronics in cars are so much more expensive than commerical grade electronics is the wider range of operating conditions. For instance, the autos need components than work just as reliably in Georgia summers as Montana winters.

Comment Re:So....far more than guns (Score 1) 454

I'm calling BS on those numbers. The problem with including "alcohol-related events, like car accidents" in the numbers is because an accident will be considered "alcohol related" if there were empty beer cans in the trunk, regardless of whether or not the driver was under the influence. This makes the numbers look much worse than they are in order to server the MADD agenda, which is a return to prohibition.

Comment Re:Wages as share of GDP dropping since 1972 (Score 1) 754

Does it not stand to reason that someone with average competence who lacks the experience to demonstrate their capabilities, is worth less to an employer than someone with high quality skills, intelligence and the work experience to show they are worth the investment?

Comment Re:We Wish (Score 2) 663

The problem is that we have highly polarized points of view (like the AC post I'm responding to), and neither side feels they can budge without losing face.

Environmentalists demand that all energy is from renewable sources like wind or solar, without taking into consideration the cost or the environmental damage necessary to manufacture and operate the collection and distribution apparatus.

Industrialists demand high profits from any energy production.

Very few talk about reducing consumption.

Comment Re:Police, Fire Brigade, Truncheon, Axe... (Score 1) 115

Unfortunately, an ISP would likely require you to run some some closed source executable on your machine to do this "verification", and it would be very unlikely that they would support a version of said executable on the OS or distribution that you prefer (unless you prefer the latest version of Microsoft Windows). And it wouldn't take long before some ISPs would use this as an opportunity to install some toolbar that sticks their ads in your face.

BTW, since /. is all about analogies - mine for this situation is: Someone trespasses on your property and points a laser pointer at an airplane ... should the property owner be liable for what the trespasser did because the gate was unlocked, or perhaps because the fence didn't have razor wire on it?

Comment Re:Given their intentions... (Score 1) 299

If by WMDs, you mean nuclear weapons; then none.

If by WMDs, you include atomic weapons; then one (the United States of America).

If by WMDs, you include chemical or biological weapons; then (in no particular order) the US, UK, France, Spain, Germany, Russia, Iran, Iraq, and probably many more. I'm not sure if China used any chemical weapons in the Korean War - if not then they probably stand alone as a significant power that has not.

Comment Re:Second type of target... (Score 1) 303

In the not so distant past the concept of precise strikes was unrealistic, so the idea that you might kill innocents while bombing an enemies manufacturing capacity was considered acceptable. It is only more recently that the West has tried to engage in "moral" warfare. However, weapons do not always work exactly as intended, so innocents still die.

However, the enemies being fought share no such concept of "moral" warfare. So applying your concept of morality to an enemy who doesn't have the capability to perform the types of attacks you consider acceptable is just nonsensical. You would have just as much success by asking them to turn themselves in so they can be shot.

Comment Re:People Forget About Iraq's Marshes (Score 2) 228

I agree that ecologically intelligent business can out last competitors who are not, but your examples counter your point.

Hybrid vehicles do not have a higher margin, nor will they. The cost to manufacture them greatly outweighs the perceived benefits; and most importantly, the materials required to produce them are much more scarce than the oil used to produce gasoline. And these materials are definitely not renewable.

The material problem also applies to alternative energy. The solar panels and wind turbines require materials that are not available on a scale that would allow those sources of energy to ever meet our current needs, let alone future needs. Oil is abundant compared to what we need to make efficient solar panels and wind turbines.

These are things that the "tree huggers" have been fooled into becoming proponents of, even though the ecological damage that would result would be much worse than the pursuit of oil if we ever tried to scale those up to actually meet our energy needs.

The worse part of this is that reasonable alternatives like natural gas cars is taking a back seat to what the tree huggers imagine we should do. Granted, NG will run out someday too, but it would buy us a whole lot of time and decrease our dependance on foreign oil. The good news is that some ecologically intelligent companies aren't waiting for the political winds to change and are already using NG in their fleet cars.

Comment Re:80386... (Score 1) 338

Up until last year (when I finally took it to the recycling center), I had a 486 running an old version of Debian. It used the old SIMM memory modules, and had some ISA slots for graphics or 10Base-T. It had a hard drive that was wider, longer & thinner than your typical IDE drive and the connector was very different (I can't recall what it was - I think it was the predecessor to IDE). The whole thing still worked, but it had no use other than to show "this old piece of crap still works" (which impresses just about no-one).

But for some reason, I held onto a box of 8" floppy disks; even though I haven't had a drive that could use them in many, many years.

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